closeupOkay, putting aside for a moment the question of ‘relicing’ (but personally I think it’s great if done well, like how Fender do it, not cheaply like some guitars I’ve played, looking at you, Vintage), this new guitar from the Fender Custom Shop is so very, very close to being one of my dream axes. Literally the only thing I would change about it if I had unchallenged dominion over land, air and sea would be to do away with the ‘black over sunburst’ finish and just go for black to begin with. I’d keep everything else the same: Seymour Duncan TB-11 Custom Custom humbucker, Floyd Rose, relicing, big headstock… here’s more info from Fender about it: 


The best of old and new in one extraordinary guitar. The Fender Custom Shop’s Limited Edition 1969 Relic Stratocaster is a late-’60s model decked out with modern high-performance features and a worn Relic treatment for its nitro-lacquer finish in striking Black over Three-Color Sunburst.

Other premium features include a select alder body, maple neck with comfortable mid-’60s “oval C” profile and nitro-lacquer finish, 9.5”-radius round-laminated rosewood fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets and mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Custom Shop Texas Special™ single-coil neck and middle pickups, Seymour Duncan® Custom Custom™ TB-11 humbucking bridge pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply parchment pickguard, Floyd Rose® Original double locking two-point tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel-chrome hardware. Includes limited edition hard-shell case, strap, cable, Custom Shop picks, certificate of authenticity and polishing cloth.